Bee Gees were it in the late ’70s. The first group that likely comes to mind when (if) considering Saturday Night Fever and the entire Disco genre. As Disco began to fade from pop-culture consciousness in favor of New Wave, so goes a 1981 album by Bee Gees that should be owned and heard. It is their 10-track effort, Living Eyes.

Although Living Eyes is rather forgotten in the Bee Gees catalog, it has quality songwriting. The radio hit was “He’s a Liar”, but the album has stronger efforts, including “Wildflower”, “Don’t Fall in Love With Me”, and “I Still Love You”. Now a rarity in physical form, it is worth tracking down for the music, collecting aside. However, be careful when buying it on CD.

Living Eyes was first released on CD on the RSO label, part of Phonogram, around 1984 under catalog number 813 642-2. As was typical for early RSO discs, Living Eyes was pressed in West Germany by PolyGram. Typical for PolyGram discs of the era, these early Living Eyes pressings lack a clear plastic ring at the center. Rather, these discs have an aluminum coating that runs up to the center hole. This is a distinguishing feature when buying the West German pressing.

Over the last several years, sadly, counterfeit copies of the West German Living Eyes disc have surfaced online. While the inserts and disc label design are good reproductions, a dead giveaway of the fake discs is that they have a clear plastic ring at the center. Again, authentic PolyGram pressings have aluminum to the center hole. Discs are no longer manufactured this way, so counterfeiters are unable to reproduce this aspect of these early CDs.

The RSO Living Eyes disc is accompanied with inserts printed in West Germany, and the matrix code is “813 642-2 01 #”. Shown below is the cover and back insert for the RSO release, along with the authentic West German pressing.

 

The cover for the West German pressing of Bee Gees Living Eyes (RSO, catalog number 813 642-2). This is the standard cover artwork for this album. The catalog number for the CD is printed in the bottom right corner.

 

The back insert for the West German pressing of Bee Gees Living Eyes (RSO, catalog number 813 642-2). As noted along the bottom, this insert was printed in West Germany.

 

The authentic West German pressing of Bee Gees Living Eyes (RSO, catalog number 813 642-2). Note the aluminum coating that runs to the center hole. “Made in W. Germany by PolyGram” is printed at 3 o’clock. The matrix code is “813 642-2 01 #”.

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